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Owl & The Pussycat Hotel - Sri Lanka

At the Gatherer we are always on the look out for new luxury hotels that are a little different. When we came across the Owl And The Pussycat, a new hotel promising ‘sophistication and access to an unparalleled authentic Sri Lankan experience’ we had to check it out.

The hotel is designed by the New York architect Uday Dhar boasting 16 rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean. With its length pool and seaside bar, it did not take long for us to settle in.  This was made even easier by the food. With its strong Italian influence we enjoyed delicious antipasti on the house with our drinks before ordering from an array of Sri Lankan dishes. One day, we were treated to our very own cooking lesson by the hotel’s chef. We chose our crabs and then watched as he cooked it all in front of us talking through the different spices and herbs. The area is famous for its stilt fisherman and we enjoyed spending our evenings watching them elegantly bring in their catch at sunset.

As well as food, owner Reita Gadkari is serious about art. Working with artists from around the world as well as supporting local artisans she has curated an impressive collection. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time and she really bought the place to life. She took me around rooms all displaying different artists that inspire her, a clash of colours creating a feeling of vibrancy.

If you get tired of sitting by the pool, the hotel is conveniently placed just fifteen minutes from the historic forte city of Galle. There is plenty to do with the opportunity to visit a turtle sanctuary, whale watch and surf. We did drag ourselves away from the hotel one morning and headed off on a bike ride through the paddy fields. We visited a herb garden, saw exotic birds and took a wide birth around 3 monitor lizards. All before breakfast.

In all, OTC is an impressive project which brings modern luxury while maintaining Sri Lankan heritage. So if you are tempted to head out to Sri Lanka, a country fast becoming the go to destination for winter sun, be sure to spend a few nights at the Owl and The Pussycat.

Check it out www.otphotel.com

 (Co-founder Steph stayed as a guest of the Owl & The Pussycat for 2 nights) 

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